The Quest Society
An offshoot of the Theosophical Society, founded by scholar
G. R. S. Mead (1863–1933), who had been secretary to Helena
Petrovna Blavatsky and general secretary of the Theosophical
Society. He resigned (in company with some 700 other
members) in protest over the scandals concerning C. W. Leadbeater’s
love of young boys.
In March 1909, Mead founded the Quest Society as a group
of sincere seekers after spiritual wisdom without any taint of
charlatanism. The objects were ‘‘to promote investigation and
comparative study of religion, philosophy and science on the
basis of experience; to encourage the expression of the ideal in
beautiful form.’’ For 21 years (1909–30), the society published
a quarterly journal, The Quest, edited by Mead and with an extremely
high standard of contributions. The society faded away
after the death of Mead in 1933.

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